Draft Zone: 14th Ranked Quarterback – Bengals Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton is the 14th ranked quarterback in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 117, he’s likely to be taken either in late ninth early tenth rounds of standard 12-player fantasy drafts.

Dalton is entering his third year in the NFL and has started every game for the Bengals since being drafted 35th overall in the 2011 NFL draft. During his first two seasons in the NFL, he’s thrown at least 20 or more touchdowns and more than 3,300 yards.

Dalton has yet to ‘wow’ fantasy owners by consistently putting up big numbers. Having the luxury of AJ Green to throw to certainly helps his fantasy value. Dalton’s targeted his next leading receiver, tight end Jermaine Gresham, 70 fewer times than Green during the 2012 season.

The Bengals went into the offseason looking to add some big targets for Dalton to throw to, and did so by drafting the 6’6” tall Tyler Eifert with the 21st overall pick in the 2013 draft.

With two talented receiving tight ends and a young star wide receiver, the Bengals have successfully surrounded the young Dalton with plenty of weapons. Dalton is still not performing at a level to be considered a #1 fantasy quarterback. However if you loaded up on running backs and receivers with your previous rounds, Andy Dalton is not a bad option in the ninth or tenth rounds and certainly a very good backup quarterback option on any team.


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